Construction jobs on the $2.6 billion Amrun project have helped boost Rio Tinto’s Indigenous workforce to 574, including 244 local Aboriginal people, across its Cape York bauxite sites.
Rio Tinto Weipa operations general manager Daniel van der Westhuizen said the company was dedicated to working in partnership with Traditional Owner Groups and communities in Aurukun, Napranum, Mapoon and the Northern Peninsula Area to provide employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people.
“We recognise our mines operate on traditional land and our strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce is a reflection of this,” he said.
“We continue to provide opportunities and employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure the benefits of our business are shared and contribute to sustainable community development.”
Paid work experience, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, apprenticeships and school based traineeships are all methods used to increase Indigenous employment, participation and retention at the sites.
Local Aboriginal participation at the Amrun Project has been boosted by recruitment roadshows held in mid-2017 across the key Indigenous communities in the region.
Contractors moving on from the Amrun project in its post construction phase can participate in an upskilling program developed with a focus on supporting future career aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.